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ImageOriginally the Baker Street Irregulars were a gang of street urchins whom Holmes often employs to aid his cases. Now BSI also stands for an elite sleuthing club dedicated to the study of Sherlock Holmes. It began on May 19, 1934,  when a unique crossword puzzle appeared in The Saturday Review of Literature. The society claims many famous people among its members. Here are its by-laws.

BY-LAWS OF THE BAKER STREET IRREGULARS

(1) An annual meeting shall be held on January 6th, at which those toasts shall be drunk which were published in the Saturday Review of January 27th, 1934; after which the members shall drink at will.

(2) The current round shall be bought by any member who fails to identify, by title of story and context, any quotation from the Sacred Writings submitted by any other member.

Qualification A.–If two or more members fail so to identify, a round shall be bought by each of those so failing.

Qualification B.–If the submitter of the quotation, upon challenge, fails to identify it correctly, he shall buy the round.

(3) Special meetings may be called at any time or any place by any one of three members, two of whom shall constitute a quorum.

Qualification A.–If said two are of opposite sexes, they shall use care in selecting the place of meeting, to avoid misinterpretation (or interpretation, either, for that matter).

Qualification B.–If such two persons of opposite sexes be clients of the Personal Column of the Saturday Review, the foregoing does not apply; such persons being presumed to let their consciences be their guides.

(4) All other business shall be left for the monthly meeting.

(5) There shall be no monthly meeting.

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2 Comments

  1. It’s not a sleuthing club. It’s a literary society.


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